Each year, countless numbers of adults suffer from the complications associated with a chocolate allergy. While chocolate, and especially cocoa, are considered to be a health benefit, for those who suffer from a chocolate allergy, the risks can be life threatening. If you are experiencing symptoms that you believe to be attributed to a chocolate allergy, it is important to become familiar with the ways in which you can more effectively treat the condition at home.
Chocolate has long been considered an adverse health product and believed to cause weight gain and even attribute to the development of diabetes. While this is true when chocolate is consumed in large quantities, for most adults, the daily consumption of small amounts of chocolate can be beneficial by calming nerves, improving circulation and even acting as a natural pain reliever by encouraging the release of endorphins in the brain. For this reason, overcoming your chocolate allergy is important to your health.
As with any allergic reaction to foods, be sure you consult a healthcare professional before attempting to treat your condition at home. In many cases, your doctor can provide support and guidance in how to effectively tackle most food intolerances or allergies naturally.
With a chocolate allergy, try slowly familiarizing your body with the cocoa and elements of chocolate by eating small bits each day. Because an allergic reaction is attributed to antibodies responding to this foreign substance, you will need to build up immunity to chocolate so that your antibodies do not kick in and trigger the allergic response. By eating chocolate every day, in very small amounts that are slowly in increased over several weeks or months, you will soon be able to eat a full candy bar with little to no reaction.
Should you have concerns about your allergies to chocolate, always begin your home remedy by taking an anti-histamine, or over the counter medication, first to calm your allergies. For many chocolate allergy sufferers, the use of Benadryl, in tablet form, is quite effective and will help you start the process to enjoying all forms of chocolate and feeling the calming sensation of this favorite treat of most adults.
Chocolate allergy, while frustrating, is quite common among adults in the United States. While not all food allergies can be overcome, chocolate allergies are typically managed with over-the-counter medications and the use of slow exposure processes in your daily diet. If you are struggling with a chocolate allergy, consult an allergist and consider using this at-home remedy process.
Sources: Journal of Immunology Sciences, 2008: 7: 89-93.